Clinic Teams

Motus Amberley

  • Craig Calcott

    Business Manager / Physiotherapist

    Craig is passionate about rehabilitation - whether it be the elite athlete or the weekend warrior. He has experience and training in a number of disciplines, including the use of soft tissue techniques, joint manipulation, exercise prescription and acupuncture to treat a wide variety of conditions. Craig has worked both in New Zealand and the UK in varied settings, and has a clinical interest in a wide variety of sporting injuries. He enjoys an active lifestyle including kitesurfing, mountain biking, trail running and touch rugby.

  • Florence Loader

    Physiotherapist

    Flo Graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2015, after growing up within a rural community she is very excited to join the team at Motus Amberely in 2016. She is particularly interested in sports physiotherapy and looks after the Glenmark Div 1 rugby team on the weekends. Outside of work Flo loves multi-sport, doing anything active and spending time with friends and family.

  • Bridget Ford

    Physiotherapist

    Bridget graduated from Otago University in 2003 and has worked in a private practice in Southland and Canterbury since then. She is trained in trigger point dry needling and joint manipulation and has experience in treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. Bridget is passionate about helping people get back to their previous activity and helping them to remain active. Outside of work she loves to spend time with my young family, running and getting away into the hills.

  • Louise Clemens

    Physiotherapist

    Lou graduated from Otago University in 2016 with a Bachelors in Physiotherapy. She is excited by the large variety of people who visit rural community physiotherapy in Amberley, and wishes to expand her sports physiotherapy knowledge by continuing to work with Saturday sports teams. In the weekends she enjoys spending time with family and friends, as well as camping and exploring North Canterbury's beautiful beaches, rivers, lakes and trails.

  • Maree Dvorak

    Receptionist

    Maree has been working as the team’s receptionist since 2014. Prior to this role, Maree was also involved in customer service. She is enjoying watching the community grow and seeing the changes taking place.

  • Nickey Robinson

    Administration Manager

    My role as Practice Manager in Amberley started in August 2016.
    I am enjoying the change of direction from working in Christchurch and especially enjoy working as part of a team in a rural community.
    In my spare time I hobby farm, play tennis, netball and enjoy walking.

Motus Ashburton

  • Karla Poyner

    Business Manager, Physiotherapist

    Karla is a general musculoskeletal physiotherapist with over 13 years of clinical experience. Karla treats all injuries and conditions. and has special interests in acupuncture and inner ear, dizziness, balance and headache problems. Karla is passionate about supporting her clients and the community to be active and remain active. She likes to take a holistic view for her patients to consider their needs as a whole, not just in isolation. Karla has international experience, having worked in Australia, England and New Zealand. She is Mid Canterbury born and bred and outside of work loves to spend time with her young family, go to the gym and enter the odd fun fitness event. Karla holds a post graduate certificate in Physiotherapy endorsed in Acupuncture and is a registered physiotherapy acupuncturist and a Credentialed McKenzie Therapist.

  • Lorraine Sparrow

    Practice Manager

    Lorraine is the Practice Manager for Motus Ashburton. She has worked in this role for the past 10 years with the previous owner of the Clinic. Lorraine enjoys the interaction with patients, making them feel welcome and relaxed. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis and walking.

  • Stacey Yates

    Receptionist

    Stacey is our new addition to the team as part-time receptionist. She has recently returned to New Zealand with her husband and young son following a period of living in Brisbane. Stacey and her husband both enjoy cross-fit and weightlifting. Her welcoming manner puts patients at ease.

  • John Jagusch

    Physiotherapist

    John has over 20 years experience as a Physiotherapist. He worked for 12 years in various sevices within hospitals both rural and urban in both North and South Islands. He has been working in private practices in and around Christchurch since 2008, specialising in musculoskeletal work, rehabilitation, strengthening / training in an effort to optimise client function. He has a Physical Education background to complement the Physical Therapy component of this work.

  • Bridget Sheed

    Physiotherapist

    Bridget is the newest member and is enjoying immersing herself into the Mid Canterbury Community and is a recent graduate from Otago University. She originates from Geraldine. Bridget has experience as a Sports medic. She is looking forward to treating our valued MOTUS Ashburton clients.

  • Deanne Brodie

    Physiotherapist

    Deedee Brodie joined the team at Motus Ashburton in August 2017. Deedee is available to help you live active and enjoy the life you want to live. This may be treating a musculoskeletal injury (muscle, tendon and ligament injuries), optimising sports performance, managing a chronic condition (arthritis, chronic back pain) or helping you rehabilitate either pre-or post surgery. Deedee originates from Scotland and has been living in Ashburton for the last year. Deedee studied Physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and worked in the NHS within a range of settings. She also worked in a private practice prior to moving out to New Zealand. Deedee also delivers our Falls Prevention Program. Deedee has a wide range of experience from children to elderly and is looking forward to continuing to work in the Ashburton area.

Motus Lincoln

  • Brett Warman

    Business Manager / Physiotherapist

    Brett has a keen interest in the diagnosis and rehabilitation of sporting injuries, and has recently completed his Masters of Sports physiotherapy through the University of Otago. Brett is a key provider for high performance sport in New Zealand in hockey, working with New Zealand and Canterbury hockey teams. Brett has many years experience working with athletes, including Canterbury Cricket, Canterbury Tactix netball and a number of senior rugby teams. Brett has post-graduate qualifications in acupuncture and is a credentialed McKenzie therapist.

  • Susanne Hides

    Practice Manager

    Susanne joined the team in July 2015. Prior to this, Susanne worked in a variety of administrative positions, including Office Coordinator at Fletcher EQR for more than four years and a challenging stint managing the Naval Point Club in Lyttelton. She is enjoying the change of direction and pace, and especially the great team of people she works with. Outside of work, Susanne enjoys attending craft sessions with friends, relaxing with a good book, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, and spending time with her young grandson.

  • Kathryn Claridge

    Physiotherapist

    Kathryn has been actively involved in the Lincoln community since establishing the physiotherapy practice in 1989. Kathryn has years of experience in the management of musculoskeletal injuries or conditions that cause impaired function. Kathryn’s current clinical areas of interest are manual therapy, postural analysis, pre-op and post-op rehabilitation, and gym-based rehabilitation.

  • Ethan Horne

    Physiotherapist

    Ethan joined the team in 2015. He studied towards a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago where he graduated with Credit in 2014. He has a keen interest in the treatment and management of sports injuries. Ethan has worked a number of rugby teams including the Waihora Div 1, Lincoln University Premier Colts and Canterbury Country Colts. In his spare time he enjoys watching sport and attending the gym.

  • Jo Batchelor

    Physiotherapist

    Jo is one of our senior physiotherapists. Jo has many years experience working with elite and junior athletes. Jo completed a Masters of manipulative physiotherapy and has a special interest in treating adolescent injuries. She has a particular interest in ballet, dance and gymnastics injury. Jo also has experience working with high level rowers and tennis players. Jo has three sons who keep her busy with many sporting endeavours, including athletics, tennis, hockey and rugby.

  • Mary Robins

    Physiotherapist

    Mary is a senior physiotherapist and has been working in the Lincoln area for the last ten years. She has post-graduate qualifications in manipulation and acupuncture. She has a strong focus on manual and manipulative therapy for the neck and lumbar spine, and a keen interest in treating post-operative fractures and joint replacements.

  • Rebecca Claridge

    Receptionist

    Rebecca has been working part time at Motus for 6 months, and prior to that has had a more temporary role for a few years. She enjoys dealing with customers and making sure that they have a great experience. Outside of Motus Rebecca is also a professional photographer, specialising in weddings and portraits. Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors, going for runs and also horse riding. She enjoys competing in show jumping, dressage and eventing, but also enjoys long hacks to the river.

  • Jody Watson

    Physiotherapist

    Jody has been working in Selwyn for the past two years after moving back to the mainland with her family. She has over 13 years’ experience predominantly in Musculoskeletal private practice having lived and worked in England, Australia and a few places in NZ she has seen it all. Throw in a stint in aged care in Canberra and community rehabilitation in Auckland for a bit of variety.

    In her spare time you will find her out and about in the local community with her family which includes her 5 year old daughter and a golden retriever.

  • Kim Bond

    Physiotherapist

    Kim started working at SportsRehab Rolleston in 2010. She took off to the UK for two years on her O.E. where she predominantly worked in the NHS to fund her travels. She returned to Rolleston in 2016 and has recently joined the team at Motus Lincoln and has started post-graduate study in pain management. Kim enjoys treating a wide range of conditions including sports (and other) injuries, pre and post-operative rehabilitation and chronic pain.

Motus Rangiora

  • Mary Connors

    Business Manager / Physiotherapist

    Mary has interest in clinical management of complex injuries and recurring injuries. She manages post-surgical rehabilitation along with gym programmes to achieve return to work. Her special interests also include shoulder rehabilitation and cervicogenic headaches.

  • Kay Lemm

    Practice Manager

    Kay is Practice Manager for SportsMed Rangiora and has been part of the team since 2010. Prior to this, Kay was Office Manager/Trust Accountant for a Rangiora Law firm for five years, with 24 years' experience in the Law profession. Kay is married with three great girls, and two puppies. She plays and coaches netball, and is looking forward to getting back into squash.

  • Brigette Higinbottom

    Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

    Brigette has over 10 years experience as a physiotherapist. She is currently completing her Masters of Health Practice in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Brigette enjoys guiding and working with individuals on their rehabilitation journey when assisting clients back to their full fitness and everyday function. Brigette also works with the ACC return to work contracts and teaches pilates. Brigette works part-time, balancing her time between work and two pre-schoolers.

  • Matt Smith

    Physiotherapist

    Matt is a University of Otago graduate in 2011. He has a strong clinical interest in Manual Therapy and sports-specific rehabilitation, and has worked with the Saracens Division 1 rugby team, North Canterbury Rugby team and with Holmwood Resthome. Matt now plays competitive squash for Rangiora and has previously played competitive golf, football and cricket at senior level. He is looking to further his education through a Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

  • Adrienne Butler

    Receptionist

    Adrienne started with the PMG administration team in April 2014, working with each of the clinics providing reception cover when needed, as well as permanent shifts. Before starting with PMG, Adrienne was running her own business from her home-based workshop, making and selling wheatbags and neck coolers. She has three children – all with an interest in hockey.

  • Jenny Hawke

    Physiotherapist

    Jenny recently graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has sports medicing experience for both rugby and netball teams. This year she will be working with a local rugby team. Jenny is interested in learning about how education, regular exercise and training can help with injury prevention for all ages and abilities. She has lots of hobbies, enjoys badminton, netball and indoor soccer, and likes to attend gym regularly.

  • Chantelle Shatford

    Physiotherapist

    Chantelle graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Credit in 2016. She was the first recipient of the Leadership and Community Engagement Award at the school of physiotherapy for her work in Maori Health and on Executive. Chantelle has been a competitive Highland Dancer for over 18 years, with 26 national senior titles currently to her name. She credits dancing for her career choice and her appreciation for movement. Throughout her career Chantelle hopes to have some involvement in public health and see positive changes in Maori Health Statistics. She enjoys aiding patients' return to activity, whatever that level may be.

Motus Russley

  • Bryce Ebben

    Business Manager/Physiotherapist

    Bryce graduated from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy) followed by a Post-Graduate Certificate in Western Acupuncture. Before joining the team at Motus Russley, Bryce worked at Sportsmed here in Christchurch (part of the Motus Health Network). Bryce has also worked in Auckland and Wellington gaining a vast range of private practice and sports physiotherapy experience. Bryce has been a New Zealand Team Physiotherapist at the World University Games, Youth Olympics and with the New Zealand Tall Blacks at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey. Bryce’s interests include sports injuries, pre and post-surgical rehabilitation, spinal injuries, sports taping, acupuncture, exercise prescription, muscle balance and bio-mechanical assessments.

  • Yanica Kilroe

    Practice Manager

    Yanica is our latest addition to the team, joining us as Practice Manager. She studied a BCom in Hospitality Management in South Africa. She spent 8 years managing five star games lodges in remote areas of South Africa and Botswana, enjoying the beautiful wildlife and hosting people from all over the world. Once her son was born, she worked as a financial advisor and then took over the management of her family’s business to have a more settled life. She and her family took a leap of faith and landed in New Zealand on New Year’s Eve to start a new life for themselves. She has fallen in love with the country and people and is very happy to be part of the Motus Russley Team. Her aim with the practice is to make sure that every patient walking through our doors, knows how important they are to us.

  • Jane Marshall

    Physiotherapist

    Jane has joined us in 2015 after five years in Brisbane working in a private practice.
    There she worked with premier level rugby and netball teams, as well as working with acute and post-op rehabilitation. Jane has a growing interest in treating youth and adolescent athletes and works at the Burnside Park injury clinic on Saturday mornings. Jane is trained in western acupuncture and dry needling. Jane plays touch in the summer and is a regular runner having run several half-marathons.

  • Vanessa Gibson

    Physiotherapist

    Vanessa returns to clinical practice from having a couple of years out, after having two children. She previously worked at SportsMed for seven years where she worked closely with U21 regional and NPC level netball teams. Vanessa is trained in Pilates-based rehabilitation and uses this with exercise-based rehab and manual therapy to return clients back to full function.

  • Hannah Charles

    Receptionist

    Hannah is the latest addition to the Russley team, joining as a Receptionist. She has returned to work after having a baby girl called Maddison. Hannah is very happy to be part of the Motus Russley Team and is learning a lot and loves meeting new people. Out of work Hannah enjoys spending time with Family and Friends.

  • Ben Jowsey

    Physiotherapist

    Ben graduated from Otago University in 2015 with a bachelor of physiotherapy. He began working at Christchurch Hospital where he worked for 10 months on acute inpatient wards and now is excited to join the Motus Russley team. Ben has an interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and working with athletes. In his spare time, Ben enjoys running and is a keen guitarist.

  • Sarah Kerse

    Physiotherapist

    Sarah graduated from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2016, after growing up in rural South Canterbury she is very excited to join the team at Motus Russley. She is particularly interested in the treatment and management of sporting injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation after working as a sports medic with rugby teams both in Dunedin and Christchurch over the past 3 years. Outside of work Sarah is a keen wakeboarder, netballer and enjoys getting outdoors. She is particularly interested in Netball, Rugby and Basketball.

  • Jaime Carter

    Massage Therapist

    Hi, I’m Jaime, the newest member of the team here at Motus Russley. I have a Certificate in Relaxation Massage and a Diploma in Therapeutic Massage from the New Zealand College of Massage Christchurch Campus. I have worked at Russley Sports Massage here in Christchurch and Essenciel Health Clinic in Wellington.

    I have always loved receiving massage, and now love that I can give this experience to others. I have a holistic view of the body - all the parts are interconnected - and often dysfunction in one part is coming from another part. This makes for both challenging and satisfying work, and there is nothing better than peeling back the layers and finding the original source of pain/discomfort. I will work with you to meet your goals, whether this is to restore, maintain or improve your sense of wellbeing.

    If you need some time out of your busy week to relax and revive, have muscle aches from training that just won’t go away, have achy and sore shoulders from sitting at a computer all day or a pain that just won’t budge book in with me today!

Motus Timaru

  • Geoff Thompson

    Business Manager / Physiotherapist

    Geoff has been a physiotherapist for 11 years, working over a range of roles in New Zealand and the UK. He has completed his post-graduate hand and upper limb training in 2014 and continues to pursue his post-graduate training. Geoff is currently the physiotherapist for South Canterbury Rugby and has a special interest in sports, orthopaedic rehabilitation, occupational health and biomechanical physiotherapy while also completing breathing and respiratory assessment and retraining.

  • Lorraine Sparrow

    Practice Manager

    Lorraine is the Practice Manager for Motus Ashburton and now also Motus Timaru. She has worked in this role at the Ashburton clinic for the past 10 years with the previous owner. Lorraine enjoys the interaction with patients, making them feel welcome and relaxed. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis and walking.

  • Michael Ogle

    Physiotherapist

    Michael graduated from the University of Otago in 2015 and is excited to be joining the Timaru team. He has an interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy as well as working with sports teams. Michael loves keeping active from running through Centennial Park to swimming and surfing at Jacks Point.

  • Daniel Wong

    Physiotherapist

    Daniel graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy early 2016. Daniel was raised in Malaysia and has spent the last 8 years in Dunedin. He enjoys, and is still exploring all things New Zealand. Daniel has a keen interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and working with athletes. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys playing music and attends the gym.

  • Pauline Strachan

    Occupational Therapist

    Pauline is an occupational therapist with over 10 years experience working in the areas of orthopaedics, paediatrics, mental health and medical rehabilitation in both new Zealand and the U.K. Since returning home she has been specialising in vocational rehabilitation, completing her post graduate certificate from Otago university. When not working Pauline enjoys running, Pilates, and spending time with family.

  • Tessa Mitchell

    Receptionist

    After five years living in the UK, Tessa decided to move back to her hometown Timaru. At the start of 2014, she started working as a receptionist for Motus Timaru and has really enjoyed being part of the team. Tessa’s passion is travelling and discovering new places – she is currently completing a bucket list of 100 activities all within New Zealand.

  • Monica Mistry

    Physiotherapist

SportsMed Bealey Ave

  • Julian Firth

    Physiotherapist / Business Manager

    Julian played football to a semi-professional level in the UK and has continued his interest in the sport. He has worked locally with Canterbury teams and with New Zealand Football at their National Training Camps. Julian has a clinical interest in post-op management, shoulder rehabilitation and lower limb injuries.

  • Ben Henderson

    Physiotherapist

    Ben Graduated from the University of Otago in 2011 and is currently studying part time for a post graduate diploma in Sports Physiotherapy. Outside of the clinic Ben is a keen snowboarder, surfer and diver. Ben is also a keen weightlifter and Crossfitter and enjoys working with athletes in these sports. Ben currently works with Canterbury hockey in the winter and Rowing in the summer. Ben has a special interest in preventing injury in young rowers and his current post graduate study relates to the assessment of rowing technique and how this relates to injury.

  • Gillian Purdie

    Physiotherapist

    Originally from Scotland, Gillian moved to New Zealand a year after finishing her studies in Edinburgh. She is now a New Zealand resident and considers this beautiful country to be her home. She has been working at SportsMed since 2008 and enjoys treating a wide variety of injuries. She has a special interest in exercise prescription, low back rehab, running injuries and technique, hockey, swimming and racket sports (especially tennis, which she used to play a lot of as a junior as well as being a UK qualified tennis coach). Gillian is currently working with the U18 and U21 Canterbury Women’s Hockey Teams. She also does sport specific muscle balance assessments and exercise programmes/technique advice for the JASI Swim Squad and the Extra Mile Runners.
    In her spare time Gillian loves to get on her road bike and explore the great New Zealand rides. She also likes to play tennis and squash on a social level.

  • Hayden Thom

    Physiotherapist

    Hayden trained at Otago University graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He has a strong clinical interest in exercise prescription and sports rehabilitation. Hayden is currently the physiotherapist for the University Division 1 rugby side. In his free time, he also plays golf on a regular basis.

  • JP Walker

    Physiotherapist

    JP graduated from the University of Otago in 2003. Since then, he has worked in a variety of musculoskeletal and sports injury clinics in Canterbury. He has worked with several rugby teams, from 1st XV level through to representative teams. He was involved with the South Island Secondary Schools Rugby team in 2010 and 2011, and the Canterbury Colts Rugby Team from 2004 until 2012. In 2015 JP completed a postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation. His clinical areas of interest include running and golf injuries, gym-based rehab, pre- and post-surgical management, and return-to-work rehab.

  • Kelly Stembridge

    Physiotherapist

    Kelly graduated from AUT in 2004 and since then has gained valuable experience in musculoskeletal and sports injury clinics within New Zealand and Australia. She has a Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy including qualifications in acupuncture. Her clinical interests include rehabilitation post surgery/injury, clinical pilates, running injury management and technique assessments. Kelly is a certified Bradcliff Breathing specialist and works with clients to identify and treat breathing pattern disorders. Kelly also has a special interest in Womens Health Physiotherapy. She is particularly interested and skilled at treating pregnancy related back and pelvic pain as well as guiding patients through a safe return to physical activity in the post natal stage. Kelly loves staying active through football, tennis, running, skiing and yoga.

  • Laura Meagher

    Physiotherapist

    Laura is an Irish graduate who qualified in 2008 and has been living and working in New Zealand since then. Laura has a keen interest in football and has worked as the Physiotherapist for the Senior Men’s team at Cashmere Technical Football Club.
    Laura’s special interests include injury prevention, dry needling and rehabilitation of lower limb injuries. She particularly enjoys ACL rehabilitation with a focus on advanced sports-specific rehab.

  • Mark Hollis

    Physiotherapist

    Having worked in four different countries over the last 16 years, concentrating on musculoskeletal, neurological, and post traumatic brain injury rehab, Mark has settled in Christchurch to concentrate on furthering his understanding of the new research surrounding persistent pain. His main intent is deciphering the complexities of science into easily understood language so that you, the client, can be better informed. He has traded in his running shoes for the joys of parenting, but the lure of the road still remains.

  • Megan Orchard

    Physiotherapist

    Megan completed her physiotherapy study in Otago, before working over in Melbourne for six years. She settled back in Christchurch with her family in 2015. Megan is currently doing postgraduate study in Vocational Rehabilitation, to assist clients back to work following an injury or surgery. This involves workplace assessments, constructing return to work plans and providing gym rehabilitation programs. Megan also enjoys her clinical work, particularly with post-operative rehabilitation, running, netball and rugby injuries. Outside of work, Megan enjoys running and strengthening for fitness, and spending time with her family.

  • Nicola Handley

    Physiotherapist

    Nicola Handley is a University of Otago physiotherapy graduate and has worked in both New Zealand and England, in the public system and private practice. While in the UK Nicola attended an array of courses, and has continued to up-skill since returning to New Zealand; training in the application of kinesio-tape, running efficiency and technique courses as well as exercise rehabilitation and prescription courses. Nicola is a keen runner, mountain biker and skier, and has competed in many running and mountain bike events; in 2012 she was the first woman in the Hanmer Half Marathon and Marlborough Half Marathon. 

  • Tom Leov

    Physiotherapist

    Tom graduated from Otago University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Before joining the SportsMed team, Tom was working within the Wellington region where he was particularly involved with club rugby, and the Wellington Maori Rugby Union team. Tom himself is a keen sportsman, and Hockey mad! He plays club hockey and will be looking after the Canterbury Cavaliers this year. Tom is currently studying towards his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting and snowboarding.

  • Sharon van den Berg

    Physiotherapist

    Sharon trained in Otago and has over 25 years of physiotherapy experience. She has her Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Health. She has spent many years overseas, including the UK, Middle East-Kuwait, and Perth, Australia. Her particular work interests include netball, boxing, martial arts, equestrian, chronic pain and complex injuries as well as rehabilitation post-surgery/injury. Sharon spends the majority of her working time completing work-site assessments, return to work planning, gym rehabilitation programmes and staff supervisions for contracts that are primarily through ACC funded contracts.
    In her spare time, Sharon enjoys Tai Chi and singing. She is supported at home by her husband and teenage triplets and manages to get out and about running or walking with her dogs.

  • Brigit Beattie

    Physiotherapist

    Brigit has over 10 year experience in private practice in the UK and New Zealand. She has her Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with interests in treating difficult neck and hip injuries. As clinical director, educator and physiotherapist during the week; Brigit balances a busy work life with skiing, mountain biking and running on every mountain range she can find. Brigit has in depth knowledge of biomechanics and exercise based rehabilitation and is trained in acupuncture and dry needling.

  • Nicole Radburnd

    Physiotherapist

    Nicole studied at University of Otago, graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has previously worked with rugby teams and at the Selwyn Netball Courts during winter as the on-site physiotherapist on Saturdays. Her interests include lower limb and acute sporting injuries. Outside of work, Nicole enjoys playing hockey, running, gym, water and snow skiing.

  • Jane Ho

    Physiotherapist

    Jane Ho graduated from University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014. Before joining the SportsMed team, she worked at Darfield Physio clinic for nearly 2 years. In the meantime, she has also spent a year working with the local rugby team in Darfield ( Div 1). She has a keen interest in the musculoskeletal injuries and sports rehabilitation. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, running and playing badminton.

  • Mike Stevenson

    Physiotherapist

    (BPhty) Physiotherapy, (BPhEd) Exercise Science, (GDPC) Graduate Diploma in Physical Conditioning, (DSP) Diploma is Sport Performance.
    Mike has 8 years’ experience working with athletes at Harvard University, Lincoln University, NZ Cricket, Netball Mainland, and High Performance Sport NZ, as a Strength and Conditioning Coach; before deciding to turn his trade to Physiotherapy.
    Mike’s clinical interests involve athletic rehab and athlete performance management; with specialized training load coordination for return to sports performance programs. Mike’s experience working with youth athletes has contributed to his passion for youth athletic loading, and managing the growing athlete for long term development.
    In his spare time, Mike enjoys the outdoors, cycling, trail running, hunting, hiking, and spending time with his family.

  • Emma Kelly

    Physiotherapist

    Emma is a physiotherapy graduate from the University of Otago where she gained a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Whilst studying at the University of Otago Emma was awarded the Tairawhiti interdisciplinary scholarship where she furthered her knowledge and passion for Maori Culture, rural health and interdisciplinary team work. Emma also participated in the SportsMed undergraduate sport medicing program where she worked with both rugby union and rugby league teams.
    Emma joined the SportsMed team this year as part of our New Graduate program.
    Emma’s special interests include; the shoulder, yoga, Pilates, surfing and skiing. Emma has a passion for the outdoors and exercise so when she’s free you’ll find her tramping, skiing, surfing and skating around town.

  • Hannah Graham

    Physiotherapist

    Hannah graduated from University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2015 – she achieved a place on the University of Otago Dean’s List for the Top 10 Graduating Physiotherapy Students and is looking forward to further study. She has previously worked with rugby teams in Otago and Canterbury and is looking forward to working with Christ’s College Rugby this year. Her clinical interests include dry needling and exercise based sports rehabilitation. Outside of the clinic Hannah plays premier basketball and enjoys running, tramping, water-skiing and yoga and is interested in working with athletes in these areas.

  • Gillian Tan

    Physiotherapist

    Gillian studied at the University of Otago and graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2015. She was previously working in Ashburton for almost 2 years before starting at SportsMed. Gillian has just finished working with Southern rugby who won the Mid Canterbury Watters cup this year. She is very passionate about travelling and enjoys running, dancing, and learning new languages in her spare time.

Eastcare Physiotherapy

  • Craig Braggins

    Business Manager

    Craig graduated from the University of Otago in 2001. Prior to joining the team at SportsMed and Motus Health Craig traveled extensively working in England, Sweden and British Columbia Canada. Craig has interests include sports injuries, pre and post-surgical management, spinal injuries, sports taping, acupuncture, exercise prescription and muscle balance assessments/bio mechanics with particular interest ion Lower Limb biomechanics.

  • David Kearns

    Physiotherapist

    David trained in Auckland where he opened his first practice before relocating to Christchurch in 1993. David opened Eastcare Physiotherapy at that time and has been providing physiotherapy services to Christchurch ever since. David has a special interest in Sports injury management and Occupation Rehabilitation with Post graduate qualifications in Sports Medicine and has recently completed post graduate qualifications in Occupational Rehabilitation.

  • Emma Hewat

    Physiotherapist

    Emma graduated in 2011, and has been working at Eastcare since then. She enjoys serving the eastside community by helping people from all backgrounds recover from their injuries. Emma has worked with rugby, touch rugby, and rugby league teams, and is currently the physiotherapist for the Linwood Keas Rugby League Premier team. She enjoys working with older people to keep them active, and to prevent falls. She recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation. Emma enjoys making the most of the Canterbury outdoors by walking, running and tramping, from the beach to the hills, and beyond.

  • Claudia Buhler

    Physiotherapist

    After graduating from the university of Otago, Claudia moved to Christchurch and began her career with Eastcare Physiotherapy. Claudia has a particular interest in musculoskeletal and sporting injuries and is keen to work with all patients to help them achieve their goals. Claudia is the current physiotherapist for Sumner Division 1 rugby team, she enjoys assisting players achieve a successful return from injury. Outside of work Claudia enjoys keeping active, especially through running and playing netball.

  • Jan Creelman

    Registered Nurse

    Jan is a NZ Registered Comprehensive Nurse and has a Batchelor of Nursing Degree from CPIT, both achieved in 2003. On graduation she worked for one year at Wesley Care Rest Home as an RN, then worked at The Princess Margaret Hospital performing Assessment , Treatment and Rehabilitation for the elderly. In 2010 Jan started working at Christchurch Hospital in an acute medical ward until 2015 when she commenced the role of Falls Prevention at Eastcare Physiotherapy.

  • Stephanie Ozvaldova

    Receptionist

    Stephanie is our newest face at Eastcare Physiotherapy. She is working mornings or afternoons welcoming all of our clients.
    Stephanie has been in New Zealand for 3 years prior to starting at our clinic and loves being a part of the friendly Eastcare atmosphere.
    She loves the New Zealand countryside and enjoys mounting biking and exploring the great New Zealand tracks. She also likes to play badminton and yoga.

  • Nicole Meikle

    Physiotherapist

    Nicole graduated from the University of Otago in 2016 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has a particular interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and enjoys working with various sports teams. Raised in rural North Otago, Nicole loves spending time in the outdoors. Outside of work she is also a keen netballer, enjoys waterskiing and spending time with friends and family.

  • Catherine Nation

    Falls Prevention Facilitator

    Catherine is a NZ Registered Nurse and has worked in a variety of positions throughout her career. She worked in Surgical Nursing, NZ Army Nursing, Assessment / Treatment and Rehabilitation Service for CDHB and currently in Aged Care Nursing. She is very happy to be involved in the Falls Prevention Programme in the community. She appreciates the opportunities in Canterbury for walking and tramping as this is one of her favourite pastimes.

  • Jaqui Bullock

    Receptionist/Administrator

    Jaqui is new face at Eastcare Physiotherapy. She is working mornings and afternoons alternating with Stephanie. Three years ago, Jaqui and her husband returned to Christchurch after living in Australia for several years where she worked in a very busy regional airport. She enjoys spending time with family and has an interest in golf and rugby.